It is not easy to say what it is one is saying when one says something as simple as ‘I know George’. The significance of the remark may be modulated in indefinitely many ways, depending on the circumstances in which it is made. If I have already been introduced to George at a party and the hostess approaches me with the query, ‘Do you know George?’, I might reply ‘Yes, we’ve just met’. On the other hand, if a friend of mine at the party says to me ‘That. fellow George wants to borrow my Porsche. Is he to be trusted?’, I might reply ‘I don’t know him; we were just introduced a few moments ago’.
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